As I continue life in the cloud this month, I thought I’d focus more on my various workflows and highlight applications within that, rather than locking onto just an individual application. My day begins with spending some time reading and reflecting on the Bible. As a Christian, it is one of the most important times of the day for me as I have my perspective realigned, my sinfulness diagnosed and the cure of the gospel administered to me. The last thing I need is technology getting in my way.
Obviously, there is an element of distraction that can come from being inside the browser. I have had to learn discipline just by using my computer for reading and reflecting on Scripture. There is the constant pull of emails, tweets, blogs and tasks to review. I think I have had an easier time adjusting to operating in the browser with this regard because of the previous digital experience.
There are two tech things I need to achieve good Bible study time in the cloud – access to the Bible and a way to record my thoughts/study/reflections. Thankfully, I have a lot of options. When operating within the desktop I’ve been using Logos for Mac and the desktop client of Evernote. Those two have proved very good partners, and it was natural to keep using Evernote in the cloud. As to the cloud alternative of Logos, they have recently launched Biblia.com which gives me access to nearly all the books I own in my Logos library. It’s a beta release at present, and under steady development. But I’ve found myself turning instead to Crossway’s revamped ESV Online. The site is free to all users, and being as I already own the ESV Study Bible, I have access to all the notes and resources from that publication too.
Yesterday I put the ESV Online site into fullscreen mode via the Chrome Browser and enjoyed uninterrupted reading for my devotions. A quick press of ctrl+tab had me switched to the tab which housed Evernote so I could write my thoughts down for future review. All in all, the process worked very well indeed. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything essential to the task compared to my desktop workflow, though were I talking about in-depth-study it would be a different story. Logos 4 is hands down the best way to go, and the only way I can get the work done in the limited time I have each week when it comes to preparing to teach and preach.
One more thing… meet my new Cloud-O-Meter. I’ll be using it to rate my cloud experience in posts like these. Today’s forecast? So overcast, you’d think we were in England.